No Injuries Reported In Molten Ire Spill At Appleton Electric

From South Milwaukee Fire Chief Joe Knitter …

At approximately 9:12PM this evening, SMFD rec’d a telephone direct call and a 9-1-1 call for smoke in the building at EGS Appleton Foundry, 2105 5th Avenue. Upon the arrival of SMFD units, heavy smoke was issuing from the building that houses their iron furnaces and EGS Appleton personnel on scene reported that one of these furnaces, which use high-voltage induction coils to melt iron for their manufacturing process, had developed a leak and spilled some or all of its molten iron into a below grade pit beneath the furnace. The pit contains high voltage electrical equipment, hydraulic lines, and water lines for cooling and runs beneath all five of the furnaces that are in this particular area of the foundry. Due to the potential for an escalating incident, a Working Still and MABAS Box Alarm was called bringing in our mutual aid partners. As a precaution, hoselines were laid out and the sprinkler system connected to. Additional EGS Appleton personnel arrived on scene and, after consulting with SMFD Command personnel, the electrical service and water supply to the involved furnace were disconnected, further stabilizing the situation. A dewatering effort was then initiated to remove a buildup of water in the below grade pit and the furnace was monitored for changes in its condition. No injuries were reported and the cause of the release has yet to be identified.

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This Week In The Mayors’ Fitness Challenge: Pink Day Fit Camp Tuesday In South Milwaukee

From the Mayors’ Fitness Challenge organizers … hope to see you at the Fit Camp, or another event.

Breast Health: Strategies for Prevention and Early Detection

Monday, October 20, 2014 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Oak Creek Public Library, 8620 S. Howell Avenue, Oak Creek

Brought to you by Aurora Health Care and the Oak Creek Health Department . . . Dr. Lakesha Lawrence, MD is a board certified OB/GYN whose practice focuses on prevention and early detection of a variety of women’s health concerns and specializing in minimally invasive techniques and treatment.

Pre-registration is required for this event. Please call 414-768-6539 to reserve your spot.

South Milwaukee Pink Day Fit Camp

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Grobschmidt Senior Center, 2424 15th Ave, South Milwaukee

Moxie Fitness and the South Milwaukee Health Department present an all-ages ʺFit Campʺ to get everyone moving! Please bring a water bottle and a towel. A donation to “Justice for the Cureʺ will be accepted in honor of South Milwaukee’s Pink Day. No pre-registration is required.

Barre Workout – Academy of Performing Arts (Franklin)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 7:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. The Academy of Performing Arts (Franklin), 7221 S 76th St, Franklin

This popular new workout combines Yoga & Pilates with ballet barre work and dance moves. This adults-only class is appropriate for all levels of fitness. Please bring a towel and a water bottle.

Space is limited, so pre-registration is required. Reserve your spot here.

Future Challenge Events:

  • October 25, 8:00 a.m. Drenzek Chiropractic-Stability Ball and Core Strengthening Class, South Milwaukee Fitness Center
  • October 25, 8:15 a.m. Moxie Fitness Run/Walk Circuits, Oak Creek High School Knights Stadium
  • October 25, 10:00 a.m. Sole Serenity All Levels Yoga Class, Oak Creek East Middle School
  • October 25, 10:15 a.m. Zumba at Cudahy Community Wellness Day presented by Anytime Fitness Cudahy, North Shore Bank Cudahy
  • October 25, 11:00 a.m. RUFP Community Challenge (Session 1), Rosencutter Ultra Fitness and Performance
  • October 25, 12:30 p.m. RUFP Community Challenge (Session 2), Rosencutter Ultra Fitness and Performance
  • October 25, 1:00 p.m. Cleansing for Change, Udana Yoga & Wellness

Please see our Event Calendar or Facebook Event Listings for more information.

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In-Person Absentee Voting Opens Monday

Starting Monday, you can cast a vote in the Nov. 4 election.

In-person absentee voting opens then, meaning you can vote at South Milwaukee City Hall during regular business hours through 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31.

You don’t need a reason to vote this way — you can simply show up and request a ballot and cast it right there.

Learn more on the city’s elections web page, where you can also see a sample ballot.

And keep in mind that an ID is not required to vote for this election.

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Road To State: South Milwaukee Gets #3 Seed, Home Game In Playoffs

It’s #3 South Milwaukee vs. #6 Waterford in the first round of the WIAA playoffs this Friday night.

Pairings were announced Saturday. Check them out here. Here is a bracket.

Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Spaltholz Field.

A potential second-round game with #2 seed Waukesha West would be next, with top-seeded Greendale looming. Greendale beat South Milwaukee, 42-7, Friday night. Here is Milwaukee Journal Sentinel coverage.

Learn more about Waterford, which is 6-3 after four straight wins and a shutout victory over Delavan-Darien this week, here.

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More Details On The Proposed St. Adalbert’s Project

More than 200 people attended Monday’s public information meeting for the proposed St. Adalbert’s apartments, and that was the first of a number of opportunities for residents to learn more about the project and have their voices heard.

Indeed, that is my promise: continued open and honest communication as we move through the process.

Monday’s meeting was more about learning about the development and developer, getting questions answered about project details. It lasted about 90 minutes.

  • You can see the presentation Gorman & Co. gave here.
  • And look for a more detailed Q&A document, with answers to questions raised at Monday’s meeting, to be posted soon on that same page.

So, what’s next? The South Milwaukee Plan Commission will consider the project at its Oct. 27 meeting, when it may make a formal recommendation to the full city council on the rezoning request by Gorman. The council would then take up the issue and potentially schedule an official public hearing. After that hearing, a final vote by the council may not happen until early 2015.

As we go through the process, I also want to share a message I shared at Monday’s meeting — about what the city can and can’t consider in deciding on this project.

By law, there are strict limits as to what we can consider when it comes to a request for rezoning, as Gorman & Co. is seeking. For example, under zoning law (Wis. Stats. 62.23(7)), the common council can regulate the:

  • Height of a building;
  • Number of stories and size of buildings and other structures;
  • The percentage of lot that may be occupied;
  • The size of yards and other open spaces;
  • The density of population;
  • And the location and use of buildings, structures and land.

In deciding this, the statutes are also clear as to what we can’t consider in making our decision. We cannot consider who lives there, how much money they earn or where they earn that money (as long as it’s a lawful occupation). In other words, whether the development is for rich or poor or middle-income residents is not, and can not, be a consideration in zoning matters.

Furthermore, we must uphold South Milwaukee’s commitment to fair, non-discriminatory housing. This city ordinance reads in part: “It is the declared policy of this City that all persons shall have an equal opportunity for housing regardless of sex, race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religion, national origin, marital status, family status, lawful source of income, age or ancestry.”

Simply, we can’t discriminate. Nor should we. Not just because it’s against the law. It’s also the right thing to do.

I think those parameters are important to know as the debate picks up in coming weeks.

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Rocketober Update: Cemetery Tour, Haunted House Starts Friday — And Donate A Pumpkin

Rocketober is in full swing, and here are a few updates …

  • Tales & Tombstones, the historical tour of the First Congregational Cemetery, is set for 6 p.m. Friday.
  • The Human Concerns Haunted House also kicks off Friday night at 821 Marion Ave. Hours are 7-11 p.m.
  • The South Milwaukee PAC is also hosting its Arena Dance Main Street Project show on Saturday. It’s a unique mix of community recollections with dance — something I was proud to contribute to this week. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.
  • And don’t forget about the Great Pumpkin Display! The South Milwaukee E-Lion’s Club and Friends of the Mill Pond are excited to host the family-friendly Halloween House at the Mill Pond on Oct. 25-26. Ahead of the festivities, they are asking folks to bring a carved pumpkin to light up at the Mill pond. They will provide the light. Just bring your carved pumpkin to the Mill Pond from 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday, Oct. 18., or leave it in front of building. Pumpkins will be displayed inside the warming house.

Check out more details on Rocketober on our Facebook page, and here is a full schedule.

Next up:  A big day on Saturday, Oct. 25, with events at South Milwaukee Little League and downtown in addition to the Mill Pond.

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Leaves Update

So, leaf collection is in full swing and will continue into November.

As I’ve said, we are continuing this service this fall and expect to continue it into the future. I’ve also asked residents to consider other options given what we had been facing for the first time this fall: trucking all of our leaves to a landfill almost an hour away.

I say “had been facing” because, thanks to the hard work and persistence of our Street Department staff, we have a couple better disposal options.

First, we’re now trucking most of our leaves to a composting farm in Caledonia. Besides being much closer than Muskego, thus saving us fuel and man-hour costs, the fee they charge us to accept our leaves is also significantly less.

We’ve also been working with the Hunger Task Force Farm in Franklin as a potential disposal source.

So, good news. But the ask doesn’t change: Please put the rakes away, and mow. (Or ask the football team for help.)

It’s good for the city, the lawn and the environment.

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